The motto of the state of Georgia is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.

Judging from the makeup — and the actions — of the state’s General Assembly, however, the motto is not widely followed. In the 1960s, a national magazine wrote that a Fascist would be considered a middle-of-the-roader in Georgia’s Legislature. And remember this: The Legislature at the time was controlled by Democrats. Today, it’s controlled by Republicans, who tilt even further to the right.

That’s why we were surprised to read recently, in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution account of a local rally against the (much needed) federal stimulus package, quotes attributed to state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a Republican from Woodstock.

According to the paper, Rogers urged the crowd at the rally to find socialists in office and “kick them out.”

“Let’s go after them,” Rogers is quoted as saying.

Really? Socialists have been elected to office in Georgia?

If so, Rogers should name names.

A few socialists in the Georgia General Assembly might be a good thing. They could restore a little balance to the rightward course our legislators tend to take. We might still have a long way to go on the Wisdom and Justice fronts, but the balance of some voices on the left might bring the Legislature closer to the Moderation the state supposedly strives for.
Name those socialists, Sen. Rogers.

Then we’ll have a better idea of which candidates to support in the future.

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at